The Heart Of Our Farm
Shetland sheep have lived on the Shetland Islands for over 1000 years. Prized for their fine wool, they are a primitive unimproved breed of sheep. Most likely descendants of ancient Scandinavian sheep. Shetlands are small in size with rams having large spiraled horns and ewes are usually polled. These sheep are calm, charming, docile, and intelligent.
Although Shetlands were on the endangered species list in the 1960's, they have made a strong comeback due to select breeding programs and now have a secure future.
Our Shetlands are the heart of our farm. We keep a small flock of 15 sheep. When spring arrives so do the lambs! This year we were fortunate to have all healthy babies, 7 boys and 3 girls.
The sheep eat the grass and brush on the property and help keep things looking trim. We shear them once a year when it heats up. This makes them more comfortable, and we use their wool for spinning yarn, fiber crafts, and making our lovely hats!
OUR WOOL & PRODUCTS
Shetland sheep are prized by hand spinners and fiber artists for their wool. It is fine, soft, and strong. Fleeces average 2-4 lbs and vary in crimp. Our Shetland fleeces are single coat with an average of 23 microns and an average staple length of 4 inches. 11 colors and 30 color patterns are recognized in this breed making each one different from the next.
We also have hand-made hats for purchase in our Shop. Our beanies start with our Shetlands raw wool. It's washed, carded, and then spun on a spinning wheel to create yarn that is then hand knit or crocheted. Every piece is unique and captures characteristics from our individual sheep. You will know which sheep contributed their wool by name and photo. It takes an average of 8-10 hours to complete one hat start to finish. Lots of care and heart goes into these gifts.